N.Y. Environmental Conservation Law Section 25-0202
Moratorium on alteration of tidal wetlands


No person shall alter the state of any tidal wetland or of any area immediately adjacent to such wetland as the commissioner may reasonably deem necessary to preserve in order to effectuate the policies and provisions of this act, prior to the effective date of the land-use regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this act, unless a permit for such alteration shall have been obtained pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law § 15-0505 (Protection of navigable waters)section 15-0505 of the environmental conservation law. This moratorium shall not restrict in any way any summary action taken by the commissioner under Environmental Conservation Law § 71-0301 (Summary abatement)section 71-0301 of the environmental conservation law.


Any person, upon a showing of hardships caused by this moratorium, may petition the commissioner for a review of the application of the moratorium to any tidal wetland or any area immediately adjacent thereto. Within thirty days of the petition being received, the commissioner shall provide the petitioner and any other person an opportunity to be heard. Notice of such hearing shall be published in at least two newspapers having a general circulation in the area where the wetlands are located, and notice of such hearing shall also be given by registered mail to the chief administrative officer of each municipality within whose boundary any such wetland or portion thereof is located. If the proposed alterations of the tidal wetlands are not contrary to the policy or any provision of this act, the commissioner may permit the alteration to continue during the moratorium, provided that permission may be revoked by the commissioner if its terms are violated and that the permission ends upon completion of the inventory for the area in which the affected wetlands are located, and provided further that any such hardship permit issued by the commissioner shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, such permit or permits as may be required by any municipality within whose boundary such wetland or portion thereof is located.


Within thirty days after such permission has been granted or denied, any aggrieved person may seek judicial review of such decision pursuant to article seventy-eight of the civil practice law and rules in the supreme court for the county in which such wetlands are situated.

Source: Section 25-0202 — Moratorium on alteration of tidal wetlands, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/ENV/25-0202 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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